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Photos of Elin Furubotn and Karl Seglem from recording session with the Wolkenkuckucksheim.tv in Lübeck.
Photographer: Christoffer Greiß.
Start of tour. Great reviews!
Interview from the German magazine “Folker”. Click the image to view the interview in full size.
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If you understand Italian:)
Con il suo quinto album, Elin Furubotn esce per la prima volta dai confini discografici norvegesi. Come suona chiaro sin dai titoli, non si tratta delle solite jazz songs anglosassoni. Oltre alla lingua, anche le
melodie portano l’impronta della loro terra d’origine, per quanto proiettate entro strutture e strumentazioni internazionali:
virtù della globalizzazione della canzone d’autore. Anche se gli assoli di sax cercano di dare una parvenza di jazz (che suona demodé sopra queste linee ritmiche), siamo in ogni caso davanti a un prodotto cantautoriale che della tradizione afroamericana non sa che farsene. Alcuni brani profumano di fiordo; altri sono electropop con un occhio alle playlists radiofoniche; altrove spunta mood music esistenzialista. Il finale dimostra senza dubbi che l’inglese si distende sulla musica assai più agevolmente del norvegese.
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A nice poetical review from MAZ, a german magazine.
(Translated from the German original review) Elin Furubotn sings her songs in Norwegian: while she uses a phrase full, clear language about various dramatic and less dramatic unpredictabilities of life. She does this quite unpretentious, and even the instrumentation of the music on the album is quite discreet.
And it is this lack of pomp and circumstance that in each song, when one delves deeper, you’ll find a shimmering core of a gem: it is from the few mussels on the seabed that contains a gem that Furubotn have picked from to the album – in contrast to the mass of those who do not take a closer look and bring you something empty and meaningless.
Furubotn who sings in her native language, means that the music has a double attraction – translation of texts into English are available in the CD case, so that we can discover the wonders she sings about. The listener is given the opportunity, in spite of the Norwegian language which is a joy to listen to, to guess or imagine what content the songs keep. The album “Heilt Nye Vei” is therefor a multi-pronged sensory experience.
Very convincing and also comfortable with the thought of all over-produced albums that are in circulation – there are still raw edges in these songs, and it shows a high degree of authenticity. A tip is that she will hopefully get more and more listeners.
Read the original review here: http://www.jazzdimensions.de/reviews/others/2012/elin_furubotn_vei.html
“At any rate, Elin is the most innovative artist to come out of Norway in recent memory. ~ (Matthew Forss, April 2012)”.
Norway’s talented singer/songwriter, Elin Furubotn, is joined with an excellent repertoire of musicians and jazzy instrumentation. Elin incorporates a folk and pop vein into the mix. The thirteen songs represent a plethora of ear-friendly material with “Heilt Nye Vei,” “Slepp Tvilen Fri,” “Ei Stille Na,” and “Treet” rounding out the top tracks on the album. Heilt Nye Vei, which means “completely new way” is a perfect way to describe the music, as it is cutting-edge and inventive. Elin’s Norwegian vocals soar into outer echelons of musical creativity with some of the vocals possessing a Cranberries tone. At any rate, Elin is the most innovative artist to come out of Norway in recent memory. Karl Seglem appears on sax. Anyone with an interest in avant-garde pop and easy-listening with a jazzy element from the Scandinavian nation will be very pleased with Elin’s latest achievement from Ozella Music. ~ Matthew Forss
“Crossing the lines between jazz and folk.
Heilt Nye Vei is an elegant and beautifully crafted album, wrapped in Norwegian folk, jazz and rock atmospheres. The CD booklet includes English translations of all Norwegian lyrics.”
Heilt Nye Vei marks the international debut of respected Norwegian singer-songwriter Elin Furubotn. Her music is enriched with the sounds of ethereal jazz, rock and other musical elements. Renowned Norwegian sax player Karl Seglem provides his signature solos throughout the album.